University of Tokyo - Department of Architecture

Yuji Matsuda


My research interest is on how architecture and built environment satisfy the needs of users, and what in the first place is the users’s needs. In Japan, more and more people are getting old, and the birth rate is declining. These clearly show that the social diversification in Japan is spreading, which also means we have to know new types of users and needs when we design architecture. In this situation, by researching user’s behavior closely, I am trying to know what is really needed for each building.

Recent research themes are as follows:
1) Medical and welfare facilities’ planning
2) Walking environment of visually disabled people
3) Housings for severely disabled people
4) Universal Design